++ ketones in urine

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Mayneedanextraroom Tue 04-May-21 13:16:52

I have been to the dr as I keep getting random stomach pains which radiate down my right leg, they checked my urine and said I have ++ketones and that I’m not eating enough sugar so to try drinking apple juice watered down. I have been really nauseous so have just been sipping water and mainly eating savoury food.

I have no idea if ++ is high, he did ask if I’m diabetic, but just wondered if I should be concerned? I’m 8 weeks pregnant and currently trying to sip apple juice :-/ has anyone had this at all?

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Teakind Tue 04-May-21 13:23:28

Ketones can be caused by not eating enough carbs/sugar and dehydration. What’s your diet like?

Ketones in pregnancy aren’t good and so they do need to be addressed.

Lots of women with gestational diabetes are at risk of ketones because they have to limit their carbs. I would mention it to your midwife but I wouldn’t have thought ketones alone would be a sign of GD.

Mayneedanextraroom Tue 04-May-21 14:08:06

Thanks for replying @teakind I thought my diet was fairly good, I tend to have cereal with almond milk for breakfast, a roll or sandwich for lunch with a packet of crisps, and a home cooked meal for dinner- ranging from spag Bol, chilli, stir fry, jacket potato’s/salad. I don’t have pudding (never have) and the only thing different is I’m not drinking squash (but I was drinking sugar free squash)

I just thought it was strange, I have been pregnant 5 other times (2 children) and never had this before. Bmi normal too. Maybe it’s just I didn’t eat enough for breakfast x

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MrsH497 Tue 04-May-21 14:17:55

I had ketones but it was severe dehydration due to hypermesis so not keeping food or drink down. Think I had ++++ at the worst point.

Teakind Tue 04-May-21 14:46:00

Doesn’t sound like it’s your diet in that case! It’s one of the reasons the keto diet isn’t recommended in pregnancy but you have a varied diet.

Do you drink enough water?

Mayneedanextraroom Tue 04-May-21 15:08:05

Oh blimey @MrsH497 that sounds awful sad

@Teakind I thought the same, I probably could drink more but have been making an effort to drink more than usual. Will up it just to be on the safe side. Been trying to drink lots of sips as just feel awful today, but I know not drinking enough won’t help

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PutOnAHappyFace Tue 04-May-21 15:30:02

I've had ketones in previous pregnancies and was told lemonade was a good drink to help, full fat and even flat if thats all you could stomach.

Marnie1234 Tue 04-May-21 16:02:10

Hi, Iv just been let out of hospital Iv been on IV fluids Iv got hyperemasis so im struggling to eat and drink! I had ++++ plus at the hospital and got sent home with + after 4 bags of fluids and 3 boxes of different anti sickness tablets is anyone struggling with Hyperemasis i feel like I’m so alone sad xx

Pootles34 Tue 04-May-21 16:12:31

I had ++++ and also ended up in hospital with the drip - but I found the anti nausea meds they gave me really helpful. Could you ask about that?

MyBabyBoyBlue Tue 04-May-21 20:40:46

@Marnie1234 I was the same as you a few weeks ago, admitted 4 times with ++++ each time due to hyperemesis. It is so miserable, I really feel for you. Check out the hyperemesis support thread on here, I found it really helpful. Hope you start seeing some improvement soon xx

Mayneedanextraroom Tue 04-May-21 21:07:45

Oh goodness I feel like I have worried over nothing, I’m so sorry to all of you that have been so poorly.

My dr did mention the anti sickness medication but as I am managing to keep food down did seem reluctant to give them to me, which is fine. Think I need to make more of an effort with my fluids, especially as I have such painful constipation sad I do have something for that though as my stomach is in so much pain.

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Marnie1234 Wed 05-May-21 13:46:32

Oh I feel so alone glad to find someone who’s been through it ! How you feeling now and how many week are you the doctors keep telling me 14-16 week is when most woman start to feel better it’s the no appetite that’s the worse you struggle to eat 😭 xx

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